Reihan Salam

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Reihan Salam
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Reihan Salam at the 2008 Texas Book Festival.
Born রায়হান মরশেদ সালাম
Reihan Morshed Salam

(1979-12-29) 29 December 1979 (age 34)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Author, Journalist

Reihan Morshed Salam (/ˈrhɑːn səˈlɑːm/; born December 29, 1979)[1] is a conservative[2] American political commentator, columnist and author and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute.[3] He is a columnist for Reuters and lead writer of The Agenda blog at National Review, as well as a policy adviser at e21[disambiguation needed] and a contributing editor at National Affairs. He has also appeared on a number of radio and television shows, including NPR's Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Tell Me More, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, NBC Universal's The Chris Matthews Show, WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, BBC's Newsnight, ABC's This Week, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report", and American Public Media's Marketplace.[4] Salam is also a frequent guest on the weekend political talk show Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC and on the CNN show Erin Burnett OutFront.[5]

Early life[edit]

Salam was born in Brooklyn. His parents are Bangladeshi-born immigrants who arrived in New York in 1976; his father is an accountant and his mother is a dietician. Salam attended Stuyvesant High School and Cornell University before transferring to Harvard University, where he was a member of the Signet Society and lived in Pforzheimer House. He graduated from Harvard in 2001 with a degree in Social Studies.[6]

Salam's parents worked in the World Trade Center in the 1980s. Salam has written, "Some of my fondest memories of growing up involve visiting them at work, and watching the 4th of July fireworks display from my dad’s office window."[citation needed] Those memories later fed into his personal horror at the September 11th attacks.

Grand New Party[edit]

He co-authored Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream with Ross Douthat. The book grew from an influential[citation needed] cover story for The Weekly Standard, which called for a reinvention of Republican domestic policy.[7]

The Republican party, Salam and Douthat argued, had become "out of touch with its own base," and its Bush-era, big-government policies were "an evolutionary dead end." Salam and Douthat instead advocated "tak[ing] the 'big-government conservatism' vision" of Bush and giving it "coherence and sustainability" by vigorously serving the interests of the less affluent voters who had become the party's base. The platform would include "an economic policy that places the two-parent family--the institution best capable of providing cultural stability and economic security--at the heart of the GOP agenda."[8]

Political views and style[edit]

Salam is a conservative. He has written that he intends to "pump ideas into the bloodstream of American conservatism."

I write in the hope and expectation that people read people with whom they disagree to challenge their settled views. Suffice it to say, this isn’t generally the case, but I’m happy to continue behaving as though it is, as it is true of enough people to justify the effort.[9]

He strongly supported the Iraq war but has since called it a disaster of "world-historical proportions." He claims to advocate policies that strengthen traditional family structure and has supported gay marriage[citation needed]. He has described as "brilliant" such figures as Canadian Marxist philosopher Gerald Cohen and Reagan adviser and neoclassical economist Martin Feldstein.[9]

Among other things, Salam has taken a strong interest in congestion pricing and the encouragement of denser living arrangements, the promotion of natural gas and nuclear power, reform of the U.S. tax code, and the fostering of a more competitive and diverse marketplace of educational providers.[10] He also supports illegal drug decriminalization in the U.S.[11]

In April 2014, Salam controversially suggested that non-parents ought to be taxed more while parents taxed less in order for the parenting burden to be shared by society.[12]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ "Ana Marie Cox and Reihan Salam". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Palin, Bachmann Comparisons Are Unavoidable". NPR. August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Reihan Salam joins R Street Institute as senior fellow
  4. ^ "Reihan Salam". The Daily Scene. The Daily Scene. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Analyst: In rise of Santorum, no silver lining for Mitt Romney – Erin Burnett OutFront - - Blogs". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  6. ^ "New Star Rising". Forum. Forum. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Continetti, Matthew. "The Grand New Party". Weekly Standard. Weekly Standard. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Grand New Party". Google Books. Google Books. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "They're Young, They're Bright, They Tilt Right". n+1. n+1. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Salam, Reihan (24 June 2009). "Inner Neocons". The American Scene. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Salam, Reihan (2013-08-16). "The sober way to legalize marijuana". Reuters. 
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